Break the Stigma

We’re in the age of social media, where you follow people who seem like they have this perfect life, the life you strive for. But sometimes we forget that these people are the same as us. Social media is just a small glance into someone’s life and they only show the part they want you to see. I’m here to remind you that it is perfectly okay if you don’t have that glamorous life. It’s okay if you don’t take those flawless pictures and get to travel whenever you please. That might sound silly to say, but I know that I am one of many who compares myself to these people.

Whether it’s a week or a month, mental health awareness has never been more important than it is now. I want you to know that you are not broken or weak. We live in a society where everyone’s automatic response to “How are you?” is always “Good, how are you?” We need to be the people to stop this. Talk about what you’re feeling to the people who care about you.
Just remember It’s okay to feel helpless. It’s okay to feel down. It’s okay to feel sad when everyone else seems happy. It’s okay to be who you are. It’s okay to be different. It’s okay to be awkward. It’s okay to be scared. It’s okay to be unhappy. It’s okay to not have everything figured out. It is easy to put up a front telling people around you that you are fine when deep within yourself, you know you are not. It is easy to remain quiet and keep everything to yourself. But that means you’re hurting yourself more and that’s not okay.You’re the only person who actually knows what is going on in your own head and you should not be afraid of your own thoughts or about how you feel.

I used to think it was not okay to be that way but my dad (bless his heart) taught me that It’s okay to break down and cry. It’s okay to admit to yourself and to the world that you’re not okay. It’s okay to ask for help and to talk about your problems.
You’re human and it’s important to remember that. It’s important to remember that no matter how strong you are mentally, you’re allowed to have bad days. You’re allowed to cry. But that doesn’t mean you should stay and be stuck in self-pity. Take your time to pick yourself up and glue back the broken pieces. Give yourself some time to heal.

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